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Philly Music 101: The basics everyone needs to know about the Philadelphia scene right now

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
The Districts | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

Philadelphia is a city of many wonders: a buzzing food scene, an established craft beer culture, and a parade of historical landmarks. But one aspect of our city that we are particularly passionate about is our magnificent local music community and all that is has to offer. Here at The Key, we often focus on the particulars of our scene – where artists will be playing each night, brand new local releases, etc. - so much so that we can forget how overwhelming it can be for newcomers to get their bearings.

So for those of you having trouble finding where to start, we are introducing this new Philly Music 101 series as your guide through the wonderful world of the Philadelphia music scene: all of its passionate, loving members, from artists to venues to studios and more. It’s meant to help new fans navigate the scene as much as emerging musicians looking to break in and behind-the-scenes folks trying to get their start. We hope it will illuminate just what makes it so damn exciting for music lovers to live here. To kick it off, here is a by-no-means-complete overview of the different pieces of the Philadelphia music scene that have come together to make up its sturdy foundation. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Chelydra at Bourbon and Branch, Clark / Nosaj Thing at Johnny Brenda’s

Chelydra | Photo via facebook.com/chelydraoficial
Chelydra | Photo via facebook.com/chelydraoficial

Mexico City rockers Chelydra bring their U.S. tour to Philly tonight for a stop at Bourbon and Branch with Mazzerati and Dedos en Dos. The band released its debut record Retrato Oval last year, and it’s a gripping fusion of hard atmospheric rock styles – a little bit Faith No More, a little bit Soundgarden. Check out the lyric video for “Mexico City” below and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Houndmouth at Union Transfer, SHIFT Showcase at Underground Arts, Suburban Living at Bourbon and Branch and more

Houndmouth | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com
Houndmouth | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com

Based on their Free at Noon just a few weeks ago, Houndmouth’s live show game is strong right now. The Indiana roots rock crew dropped their album Little Neon Limelight just a few weeks back, and it packs an incredible, infectious punch. Watch the video for “Sedona” below and get tickets and more info on tonight’s show at Union Transfer at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tobias Jesso Jr at Boot and Saddle, Impressionist at Bourbon and Branch, The Cloth at Underground Arts

Tobias Jesso Jr | photo via tobiasjessojr.com
Tobias Jesso Jr | photo via tobiasjessojr.com

Buzzing Vancouver artist Tobias Jesso Jr. headlines Boot and Saddle tonight. The singer-songwriter and pianist writes smooth and sincere pop songs in the vein of Randy Newman, and was produced by members of The Black Keys and New Pornographers (and features drumming from Danielle Haim). His album Goon came out last week on True Panther Sounds. Watch the video for “How Could You Babe” below and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Mercury Girls: A new retro-C86 project featuring Kevin Attics of Literature and Adrianne Gold

Adrienne Gold (photo by Chris Sikich) and Kevin Attics (photo by John Vettese) of Mercury Girls
Adrienne Gold (photo by Chris Sikich) and Kevin Attics (photo by John Vettese) of Mercury Girls

Philly power poppers Literature picked up some serious steam in 2014 with the release of their jangle-pop LP Chorus. They’re in the process of recording a new records, but in the meantime you can check out guitarist Kevin Attics’ throwback project Mercury Girls, featuring Adrianne Gold (formerly of Catnaps and Tender Vision).
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Snoozer at Bourbon and Branch, Moshav at World Cafe Live

photo via snoozer.bandcamp.com
photo via snewzer.bandcamp.com

Philly punk trio Snoozer headlines NoLibs club Bourbon and Branch tonight. Blending gritty fuzz-rock production with poppy hooks, the trio of Mike O’Keefe, Paul Hewes and Tom Moore has been doing its thing for two years now, most recently with the Cottage Cheese EP (which you can listen to below). Joining them on tonight’s show are Leapling and Baked; tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Square Peg Round Hole at Bourbon and Branch, Darla at Franky Bradley’s, Murder by Death at Union Transfer and more

Square Peg Round Hole | Photo by Scott Scheetz | facebook.com/ScottScheetzPhotography
Square Peg Round Hole | Photo by Scott Scheetz | facebook.com/ScottScheetzPhotography

Experimental Philly trio Square Peg Round Hole headlines Bourbon and Branch in Northern Liberties tonight. With a sound based on percussion, vibraphones and electronics, the band is rhythmic and melodic, occupying a unique space between jazz and ambient post-rock. Tickets and information on their show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Milton at Bourbon and Branch, Dan Wilson at World Cafe Live, Bondage and Discipline at Boot and Saddle and more

Milton | Photo by John Vettese
Milton | Photo by John Vettese

It’s a night showcasing the new sound of Philly soul tomorrow at Bourbon and Branch with a performance by Milton, who just a year ago released an impressive, eclectic record called Simple Pleasures. Jacqueline Conatance opens the show, and we’re hoping she does her knockout Sylvan Esso cover. Tickets and more information can be found here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Musicians On Call Benefit ft. Brian Fitzy at Brittingham’s Pub, Power Animal at Bourbon and Branch

Brian Fitzy | photo via brianfitzy.bandcamp.com
Brian Fitzy | photo via brianfitzy.bandcamp.com

Poppy singer-songwriter, fiddler and sound loop artist Brian Fitzy is one of several artists performing at the Musicians On Call benefit concert today at Brittingham’s Pub in Lafayette Hill. Joining Fitzy are Anders Hyatt, Matt Santry, Kyle Herring, Tim Williams and more. More information on the event can be found here. Listen to a recording of Fitzy playing live last year below. Continue reading →